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Korolev interview to Russian press

It's in Russian originally but here are some quotes from Korolev interview to "Sport-Express":

"The rules were known before tournament' start. Yes, they are complicated and far from optimal, I believe. I knew if del Potro retired I would advance to the quarters... I was following the match via internet and when Blake had led 6-1 1-0 I was off to the club to receive prize money and papers for next tournament. And all of sudden I met del Potro who said, "You are through". "How? What happenned", I asked. He said, "I have breathe problems".

"Then I came up to James and said, "Sorry but that's it". He replied, "They are still discussing". "Discussing what?" "Who's gonna advance." "But according to the rules it's me, isn't it? If I am wrong then I accept it cos it's really not fair towards you".

"Later I've been told Blake got angry after the match and went to supervisor to appeal the rules. Of course he was leading and should win eventually but rules are the rules. Also I've been told ATP chairman changed them by one phone call and decided James would play.

"I was unhappy with that decision, of course. And I was supported by Safin, Hewitt and Johansson. I wanna thank Marat especially. He came to me and said, "Come with me. We need to solve all this". He very softly told them everything he thought of this situation. He asked them how could they do that and who gave them a right to change the rules mid-tournament?
"I also got in touch with my agents and they helped me too. One of them woke me up at 5 a.m. and said, "You will play". At 6 a.m. Mark Derby called me and said de Villiers changed his mind in my favor. The next one who called me was de Villiers himself. He apologized and said he did what he thought would be the best thing.

"They had meeting in Dubai with Federer and other guys taking part in it. All of them said it was me who should play by the rules. They contacted de Villiers and came to conclusion nobody was allowed to change the rules in the middle of tournament.

"I haven't met Blake since Thursday when we both still thought he came through. I told him I couldn't be satisfied obviously but wished him luck for the rest of tournament.

"I don't want to discuss whether Blake was right or not. The fact that James talked to the officials and probably phoned to ATP was kind of natural decision. He stated the rules had a hole. What else could he do? Anyway, I hope we got each other right."

http://www.sport-express.ru/art.shtml?135413
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Mystery solved.

Blake, you're an asshole jerk.



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Sounds like Blake was interested only in himself there...but obviously this is one side of the story
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This thread will explode soon. Nice that the older guys gave Evgeny a hand.
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Re: Korolev interview to Russian press

It's a little choppy and there are some assumptions made about Blake's conduct. For instance, Korolev doesn't state that he knew it was James who made the call. It's possible that Blake was complaining and the call was made.

I'm disappointed in Blake if he did what it sounds like he did. Bravo to Marat and, apparently, Federer in Dubai for influencing the decision to follow the rules. They did what James should have done in protecting a young player.

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Korolev and the guys who stuck up for him are the only ones who come out of this with any credit whatsoever. Interesting to hear about the meeting in Dubai - that had to be interesting.

I hope Blake comes out and explains his side of the story because everything that's come out so far does not leave him looking very good and Evgeny is being much more understanding to his part in it than anyone could reasonably be expected to.

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I guess Blake actually had something to do with getting the rules changed. How very disappointing.....

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Mystery solved.

Blake, you're an asshole.
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Evgeny, you're a classy mate

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OK, maybe that was harsh.

Jerk, not asshole.



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So, Blake went and lobbied against the rules. Nice.

I wonder who else was part of the meeting in Dubai?

And...could I love Marat any more? No, I fear I cannot. Feel free to try and prove me wrong though, Marat.

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It wasn't exactly a completely selfless move by Hewitt and Safin. It's natural that they'd want to see the top seed eliminated. No need to portray them as heroes standing up for the little guy.
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It sounds like the players in Dubai had a meeting. Who was still there? We know Roger was there. Was Rafa still there when this went down or had he left? Youzhny would have been there as well.

And I'm sorry, one more reason to have nothing but respect for Marat Safin.

James you don't come out of this looking good at all.
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It does sound as if Blake was inappropriately activist in all of this. It would be good to get a straight story.

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It wasn't exactly a completely selfless move by Hewitt and Safin. It's natural that they'd want to see the top seed eliminated. No need to portray them as heroes standing up for the little guy.
Rules are rules. As player rep Blake is sworn to uphold them yet it appears more and more that he was involved in trying to get the rules bent to favor him.

He should not speak out on this anymore at this point.
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